Author Archives: Simon Cabulea May

About Simon Cabulea May

Simon Cabulea May is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He received his PhD from Stanford University. His present research project generally concerns conflicts of moral convictions in public deliberation.

Religion in Liberal Political Philosophy

UCL, 10-12 June, 2015

The Religion and Political Theory Centre (RAPT) at UCL will host a major conference on Religion and Liberal Political Philosophy on 10-12 June this year:

Liberal political philosophers have recently received criticism for their inadequate grasp or unreflective use of the category of religion. Liberal philosophers, it is said, have not sufficiently reflected on the specific trajectory of western secularism. As a result, liberal theories of freedom of religion, of state neutrality, of non-establishment and of the rights of conscience are conceptually, as well as normatively, problematic. This conference will present cutting-edge work in political philosophy that takes these criticisms seriously and offers new perspectives on the normative place of religion in liberal political philosophy.

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CFP: Illiberal Views in Liberal States

Philosophy and Public Issues
Call for papers

Symposium: Illiberal Views in Liberal States
With a discussion of Corey Brettschneider ’s When the State Speaks, What Should It Say? (Princeton University Press, 2012)

Submission Deadline
Long Abstract (1,000 words max): 15 March, 2015
Full paper (10,000 words max, upon acceptance): 15 June, 2015

Invited Contributors
Annabelle Lever (University of Geneva), Jennifer Rubinstein (University of Virginia), Sarah Conly (Bowdoin College), Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green State University) and Corey Brettschneider (Brown University)

Aims and Background
Moral, political or religious pluralism is a permanent feature of many contemporary societies. All moral philosophers and political theorists within the liberal tradition seem to agree on this. However, they profoundly disagree about how to deal with moral, political or religious views that do not accept or even explicitly deny some of liberalism’s tenets, like the idea that all citizens must equally enjoy certain freedoms—such as freedom of expression or of conscience. Here the stakes are high for liberal theorists: if they accept that some citizens live according to, and expressed, some illiberal views, then the liberal State might need to accept conducts and ideas that would otherwise be forbidden; on the other end, if the liberal State reject certain illiberal views, this might contradict or violate liberalism’s foundations—like the idea that a view cannot be legitimately imposed. How should liberals address this point?

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(Britain & Ireland) Association for Political Thought 2015 Conference

The Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought is pleased to announce pre-registration for its 2015 Conference, to be held at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (January 8th-10th):

The conference schedule is as follows:

Thursday: 8th January
2.30-4.00. Leigh Jenco (LSE): “What is the Revival of Confucianism Really Reviving? Towards a “creative engagement” with traditions in the Global Age”
4.30-6.00. Benjamin Holland (Nottingham): “On the Threshold of Modern Liberty: reconstructing the early Jesuit free-will defence”
6.30. Reception: sponsored by Contemporary Political Theory
8.30-10.00. APT Lecture sponsored by CRISPP: Joseph Carens (Toronto): “Some Questions about How to Do Political Theory”

Friday: 9th January
9.15-10.45 Cecile Laborde (UCL): “Who Needs Freedom of Religion?”
11.15-12.45  Winner of the Cambridge University Press Graduate Essay Prize:  Signy Gutnick Allen (QMUL): “‘Away then with all your niceties in law’: English Debates on the Nature of Treason, 1641-1651?
2.00. Session for graduate students with Susan Hanshaw (Arts and Humanities Research Council): funding for political theory research
3.00.  APT and Conference AGMs
5.00-6.30. Joseph Hoover (City): “The Special Ambiguity of Humanity”
6.30. Reception: sponsored by Cambridge University Press
8.30-10.00. APT Lecture sponsored by Contemporary Political Theory: Onora O’Neill (Cambridge): “Speech Rights and Speech Wrongs”

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Stanford Center for Ethics in Society Postdocs

The McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University seeks up to four new postdoctoral fellows for 2015-16:

We welcome candidates with substantial normative research interests from philosophy or political science. We are especially interested in candidates with research interests in inequality, education, international justice, environmental ethics, and ethics of technology, but we welcome all applicants with strong normative interests. Applicants must have a PhD in philosophy or political science; scholars with a JD are also eligible so long as their research interests focus on ethical issues with an applied dimension. Postdoctoral fellows teach one class per year, interact with undergraduates in the Ethics in Society Honors Program, and help foster an interdisciplinary ethics community across the campus.

The appointment term is September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016; however, the initial term may be renewed for an additional year. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their PhD by June 30, 2015. Candidates must also be no more than 3 years from the awarding of their degree (i.e., September 2012).

The application deadline is December 8, 2014 (5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time).

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The PGR and the September Statement

The last few days have been quite unusual in the philosophy blogosphere. Since I’ve taken a public stand, I thought I should post something on my own blog about these developments.

Sally Haslanger and David Velleman posted a Statement of Concern regarding Brian Leiter’s emails to Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins and Noelle McAfee. This was followed by a September Statement calling for Prof. Leiter’s resignation as editor of the Philosophical Gourmet Report, as well as a separate list of Recent Events Involving Brian Leiter detailing further allegations of hostile conduct towards members of the philosophy community.

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Tulane Fellowships 2015-16

The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University’s Murphy Institute is now accepting applications for 2015-16 fellowships.

I was a CEPA fellow a few years ago. My considered opinion is that anyone who works in moral and political philosophy who does not strongly consider applying is certifiably insane. This is because:

1. New Orleans.
2. It’s a fully funded fellowship ($60,000).
3. The other fellows are overwhelmingly likely to be great people to hang around with (although many in recent years do seem to have a curiously unphilosophical interest in and variable competence at dancing).
4. The Tulane Philosophy folks organise regular reading groups, colloquia, and workshops.
5. Shoemaker knows all the best spots.
6. It’s easy to get a ton of work done. (I think I have seven publications from my time there.)
7. Sazerac.
8. The turtle soup at Commander’s Palace.
9. The Center is right next to St Charles Avenue, across from Audubon Park.
10. You’ll get to know that you have to *push* the back door (damn tourists).
11. The thousands of superannuated white frat boys who descend on the city to celebrate its rich African American heritage by urinating in its streets only stay for a short while once a year, and it’s a virtuous and noble thing to come to despise them.
12. Katrina endures and must be witnessed.
13. Treme was great and everything, but it’s another thing to be there.
14. Snow??
15. The “dat” theory of truth beats deflationism hands down.

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